- Thirty credits. No more than eight credits that have been applied toward another major or minor may be applied to the AMS minor.
a. Core: AMS-101, 102, and 301 and 16 credits from the following (no more than one course per department): ECN-201; ENG-260 or 261; HST-104, 105, 180A or 228; POL-101; and SOC-101.
b. Advanced electives: eight credits from the following (no more than one course per department): ART-250; ENG-361 or 366; HST-277, 323, 325, or 326; POL-231, 325 or 336; and SOC-241 or 380A; or other approved (with substantial American content) topics courses (e.g., African American literature or religion, Native-American literature, etc.) AMS independent study or practicum subject to approval of the AMS coordinator.
- AMS101.Introduction to American Studies2First- year or Sophomore StandingFocuses on the multi-disciplinary perspectives needed to understand the complexity of “the American experience(s).”
- AMS102.Perspective American Experience2First- year or Sophomore StandingFocuses on seminal sources for deepening one’s perspectives on “America.”
- AMS*301.American Studies Seminar2-4AMS 101 and 102Open only to students who have completed or are concurrently enrolled in the completion of 24 credits toward the AMS minor.
- ART*250.Contemporary Art in New York4PermissionIntroduction to the major artistic movements and critical theory in the last two decades. Students spend approximately one week in New York City exploring galleries, museums and artists’ studios. Seminar includes readings, discussion and a research paper on a special topic. Course fee.
- ECN201.Principles of Macroeconomics4Introductory survey of macroeconomic theory and national policy. Supply and demand analysis and solutions to basic economic problem of scarcity in the American economy. Examines relationship between national income and its determinants with emphasis on role of fiscal and monetary policies in stabilizing national economic performance.
- ENG*260.Survey of American Literature I4ENG-101, 120, 201 or 202Analyzing American literature from its beginnings to the Civil War, including the Puritan and Romantic periods.
- ENG*261.Survey of American Literature II4ENG-101, 120, 201 or 202Examining American literature from the Civil War and the Realistic movement to the present.
- ENG*361.Modern American Writers to 18654Two courses in literatureExamines in depth selected writers from the Revolution to the Civil War, with a special focus on the struggle to define an “American” literature. Includes such authors as Brown, Irving, Poe, Douglass, Jacobs, Dickinson, Melville, Hawthorne, Whitman and Stowe.
- ENG*366.Modern American Literature4Two courses in literatureStudies of American literature from post-WWII to the present.
- HST104.The Making of America to 18774Examines American history from colonial times to Reconstruction; concentration on political, constitutional, social, economic and intellectual problems. (ESPI/GP)
- HST105.The American Century: 1877-Present4Political, economic, social and intellectual issues from Reconstruction to the present. Focuses on 1877-1990. (ESPITH/GP)
- HST228.Immigration & Ethnicity in American Hist4Examination of the experiences of immigrants and their transformation into ethnic Americans during the 19th and 20th centuries. Discussion of what it means to be American and the diversity of American society in a historical perspective. (ESPI/GP)
- HST277.Am Studies: Civil War & Reconstruction4Examines sectional crisis, disunion and reunion from 1845-77. Topics include significance of Civil War era for industrialization; agriculture and urbanization; emancipation of slaves and race relations; development of the Presidency; constitutional issues; and modern warfare. (ESPI)
- HST*323.Creating the Republic, 1763-18154Sophomore Standing, and one history course or PermissionAnalysis of selected economic, social, political and intellectual issues, including the coming of the American Revolution; “state-building” during the war for Independence; the “Critical Period,” ratifying the Constitution; origins and early development of political parties, ideologies of republicanism and nationalism; diplomatic problems and territorial expansion; minorities in the early republic; and the War of 1812. (ESPI/GP)
- HST*325.Reform & Search for Order4Sophomore Standing, and one history course or PermissionUrban revolution; middle class reforms; response of industry, labor, and public institutions to the progressive era; World War I; the Jazz Age; the stock market crash of 1929; and the Hoover administration. (ESPITH)
- HST*326.The Roosevelt Revolution, 1932-454Sophomore Standing, and one history course or PermissionAnalysis of the Great Depression, the New Deal, American isolation in 1930s, and American involvement in World War II. Historical perspectives of the New Society which emerged from the Great Depression and World War II. (ESPITH/GP)
- POL101.The American Political System4Study of institutions and processes of politics and government. Contemporary political problems. Primary focus on federal government with some attention to state and local politics.
- POL*231.American Political Thought4Historical and contemporary meanings of democracy, its assumptions and implications: tensions between theory and practice, majority rule and minority rights, civil disobedience, economic-political democracy, institutionalization of democratic procedures, and the future of democracy.
- POL*325.U.S. Foreign Policy4Study of goals of American foreign policy and U.S. role in changing world; structure, processes and politics of foreign policy-making; and U.S. foreign policy since end of WWII. Analysis of selected current U.S. foreign policy concerns.
- SOA101.Principles of Sociology4Introduction to concepts and methods of sociology: society and its institutions, social and cultural change, and their implications. Prerequisite for all other Sociology courses except those in the Anthropology sequence. Computer laboratory; no prior computer experience required.